Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10/23/12 - ODAT No Doubt


Since my anniversary post, I have received a lot of feedback via email, messages and phone calls.  Most of it good; some, not so much.  I can’t express enough gratitude to the people who support me in my dreams.  I am very thankful for each of you.  Mwah!

To the naysayers… I am grateful for you as well because I know your negative feedback comes from a place of concern.  It is interesting to me that it is the people that know me personally that tend to be the most skeptical.  Perhaps it is because they know how financially destitute I am right now.  But that’s the operative word (or words): right now.  I wholeheartedly believe this financial state is temporary.  I have gone to great lengths to reduce my overhead and capitalize on my income.  I will continue to do my part and God is large and in charge of the rest.

Will I be able to save enough to buy a 1970’s RV in 2013?  Hmmm, that really is THE question, isn't it?  Honestly, I don’t know.  How could I?  Life has a way of changing even the most steadfast and stalwart plans. I want to, but it is a want, not a need.  All my needs are met.  This has been a vision of mine since 10/22/11.  Granted, I didn’t accomplish it in the last 365 days, but that doesn’t mean I won’t succeed in 730 days or 1,068+ for that matter.  It is a dream I will continue to zealously pursue – that’s all I can possibly know with certainty. 

To be honest, when I read other blogs by people that are already living my dream, it sometimes hurts because I want that life so much.  But I am trying my best to live the life I have One Day At A Time (ODAT) with sincere, heartfelt gratitude for the many blessings I already have - right here, right now.  Naysayers, do what I do on the days of doubt, look at how far I’ve come, not how far I have to go.

Also, I realize it is a stretch to go from not even being able to make ends meet by the end of each month to owning an RV, but I believe.  And I’m willing to work hard.  And I’m not giving up.  As it stands now, it looks like I won’t be able to start putting money aside until 2013 so I’ll make a deal with you.  I’ll track my savings, every penny, and when I buy my RV I will publish the ledger on how I did it.  Not to account to the naysayers, but hopefully to serve as a beacon to someone else that may be starting out at a deficit like me.  Fair enough?

Don’t count me out.

Wonderful readers, thank you for being here with me on this journey.

Living in Grace is a good place to be.

7 comments:

  1. good luck and i believe you can do it, i have been down to where i thought i would never come back, at one time i worked 3 jobs just to feed myself and have shelter. you are determined and you beleive in yourself... i wish you good luck and can't wait to see the ledger that did it.

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    1. @ Sandra - you can continue to be such a huge inspiration to me Sandra. 3 jobs, positive, and loving. Thank you. I truly appreciate you.

      Speaking of inspirations?!? Your post today gave me happy goose bumps! I'd like to send that wonderful man a card. Can you email me a mailing address please? Love and hugZ!

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    2. @ Sandra - you *DO continue to inspire (not "can")... should have finished my coffee before replying. :) <3

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  2. You've got to hold on to those dreams. Maybe those naysayers are there to keep you determined to prove them wrong. I remember a time when things were very difficult for me. Slowly but surely I brought myself back up. I may not be where I would like to be but I'm at least somewhere that I can be satisfied but still dreaming :)

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    1. @ Ann - what is it with me relating your comments to music lately? LOL, too funny! But I love the inspiration, especially in your last line. Thank you. It reminds me of one of my favorite Tim McGraw's songs, "Better Than I Used To Be." I too resemble that remark. ;) xxo

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  3. Just hang in there and stay focused. Don't even worry if you don't do it in '13. By then you may not want something that old and want something more. It took me 12 years but I was willing to wait to get what I wanted, still with in my budget. You can do it! Dreams are worth it.

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    1. @ Susan - thank you! Very much! I love your home! My thought is to start with an older model and trade up when I'm ready, but you're right, we'll see. Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement. HugZ!

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